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Spring Awakening gets 11 DASH Nominations

Each year the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters (EMACT) conducts the Distinguished Achievement and Special Honors (DASH) program, in which shows are evaluated, leading possibly to awards (like the Tonys) announced at the annual DASH Gala. The nominees for shows performed in 2021-22 were announced on Wednesday 20 July 2022, via a YouTube streamcast.

The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) production of Spring Awakening, presented in May 2022, was nominated for 11 awards:

  • Supporting Male Actor in a Musical – David Picariello as Moritz
  • Sound Design for a Musical – Patrick Dzierzak
  • Lighting Design for a Musical – Nathan Fogg-DeSisto
  • Makeup and Hair Design for a Musical – James Valentin
  • Costume Design for a Musical – James Valentin
  • Lead Female Actor in a Musical – Rachel Pride as Wendla
  • Choreography for a Musical- Kathleen Tringale
  • Music Direction for a Musical – Kelvyn Koning
  • Ensemble in a Musical – The Cast
  • Director of a Musical – Bobby Imperato
  • Best Musical – Spring Awakening

TCS members also were nominated for roles in the productions of other local theaters.

  • Supporting Actor in a Musical – Will Farfard Jr. in Into The Woods at Pentucket Players
  • Supporting Actor in a Play – John Pease in Drinking Habits at Colonial Chorus Players
  • Costume Design for a Play – Elvira Schoenthal for Translations at Marblehead Little Theatre
  • Stage Management of a Play – Monica Bruno for Sense and Sensibility at Concord Players
  • Specialty Ensemble in a Musical – Will Fafard Jr. and others as The Infantry in Evita at The Pentucket Players
  • Direction of a Musical – Jason Hair-Wynn for The Bridges of Madison County at The Burlington Players, 

(“Male Actor” and “Female Actor” are shorthand used here for “Performer in a Male-Identifying Role” and “Performer in a Female-Identifying Role”, respectively.) Click here for a complete list of the nominees.

The award winners will be announced at the DASH Gala on Saturday 20 August 2022, at Cary Hall in Lexington. Food and drinks start at 6:30 PM, and the awards presentation starts at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $40 each. Click here for more information about the Gala.

Because of the nomination for Best Musical, a medley from Spring Awakening will be presented by TCS cast members at the Gala.

All cast, crew, partners, relatives, and friends are invited to sit with TCS at the Gala. But we need to make a group purchase of tickets, which requires a commitment to pay for your tickets. Please send $40 for each attendee, by midnight on Friday 29 July 2022, via Venmo to: @theatrecompanyof-saugus with your names and the notation: DASH Gala.

TCS Summer Youth Theatre Workshop Registration – Sign-Up by July 8, 2022 for Early Bird Discount

TCS is hosting TWO Youth Theatre Workshops this summer!
One is for Grades 1 to 8 and will end with performances of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, JR.
The other is for Grades 6 to 12 and will end with performances of The Addams Family Young@Part.

If you are at least in your first year of high school and are interested in applying for an Internship with Session I, Grades 1 to 8 that will be producing Willy Wonka, JR., please use the same registration form below to reflect your interest. If you have marked you are interested in being an Intern, a member of the Artistic Team will contact you for additional details and to set-up an interview.

TCS is returning with Youth Theatre Workshop during Summer 2022. For more information about thus summer’s program and to access the registration form and payment information details – CLICK HERE.

To share a PDF version of the flyer for the workshops – please chose one to download:
Grades 1-8 – Willy Wonka JR. only
Grades 6-12 – The Addams Family Young@Part only
Both Options on one flyer (same as above).

The Lion in Winter is ROARING into the Legion in June…

Theatre Company of Saugus is hosting

The Lion in Winter is the classic historical play by James Goldman, about King Henry II of England and his meeting with his queen, mistress, children, and rival king at his castle in Chinon, France during Christmas in the year 1183. Who shall succeed him as king? All three sons want to be the one, but how can Henry choose only one without making the others his enemies?

The Theatre Company of Saugus is excited to be hosting a professional Boston-area theatre company for the first time. The Psych Drama Company has been presenting innovative work for more than 10 years, in various venues around Boston and in Rhode Island.

This production is co-directed by Wendy Lippe of Psych Drama Company and Larry Segel of Theatre Company of Saugus.

While rehearsing the Lion in Winter when theaters were closed, an audio radio-play version was recorded, and that was streamed in December 2020. Click here to read rave press reviews of the radio play, and an exclusive press interview including discussion of the journey of the show from radio drama to fully realized production.

Click here to watch the video trailer.

Click here to read the press feature article about the show, by Kilian Melloy of the Boston Theater Critics Association’s Elliot Norton Awards Committee, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, Edge Media Network’s Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, and The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association.


The Lion in Winter Performances:
Friday, June 10 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 11 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 12 at 3:00 PM (matinee)
Friday, June 17 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 19 at 3:00 PM (matinee)

ALL TICKETS = $25 EACH

How to Purchase Tickets:
Advance online sales, using any major credit card, are open until four hours before the curtain time. If available, seats can be purchased at the door for the same price, using cash, check, Venmo, or PayPal, but no credit cards. Ticket prices are the same for all patrons.


COVID Safety Policy Update
Although policies about wearing masks and providing proof of vaccination have been loosening up in many places, in theaters we still must ensure the safety of our patrons, members, actors, and crew, by minimizing the risk of contagion. Our home at the Saugus American Legion is not large and social distancing is not possible.
Therefore we will continue to require our audience to wear masks inside (unless actively eating or drinking), and to be vaccinated. All the cast members of our shows are vaccinated, will be masked during rehearsals, and will be tested prior to performances.
This is especially important for this production as there will be immersive seating and audience and cast will be VERY close to each other.


About Psych Drama Company

The Psych Drama Company was founded in December of 2010 by Wendy Lippe, Ph.D. As a clinical psychologist, Wendy’s vision in starting this company is to integrate her professional expertise with her work as a creative artist. They aim to produce dramatic pieces that engage the large community of mental health professionals in the Boston area, as well as to stimulate and foster psychological mindedness and insight in the community at large.

It is important to them that their productions target not only professionals in the field, including psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health workers, and social workers, but also members of the general public: they aim to be equally accessible to professionals and laypeople alike. Their ultimate goal is to make all of the greatest classic works of drama relevant to today’s audiences by focusing on the timeless elements of human nature.

About Theatre Company of Saugus

The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) is the community theatre group serving Saugus, Massachusetts and the surrounding area. Founded in 1968 as the “Town-Criers”, they incorporated in 1990 as a not-for-profit corporation.
Their mission statement is, “To foster and promote an appreciation of the theatre arts and to stimulate production of living theatre for the entertainment and cultural enrichment of the community.”

TCS is currently in the process of getting back to having 3-4 Main Stage productions per year + their Summer Youth Workshop, which culminates in a weekend of performances.

Seeking Staff for 2022 Summer Youth Programs

The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) is seeking the primary artistic staff for running our summer 2022 Youth Theatre Workshops. This year we are running two programs: for younger and older youth. Each program will culminate in a junior musical production, each of which will have three performances.

The show to be presented by the younger kids will be Willy Wonka Jr. The show to be presented by the older kids will be Addams Family Young@Part. Stipends are offered for each position.

To apply for any of these positions, send an email to TCSaugus@gmail.com, including your theatrical resume, an indication of which positions you are applying for, and a brief letter with remarks about the shows and/or your background.

The deadline to apply is Monday 23 May 2022. You should be available for an interview with the TCS board of directors, via zoom, on the evening of Tuesday 24 May 2022.

There are seven positions open. Following are the job description announcements for each position.

Younger Youth Program Positions:

TCS is seeking an energetic youth Director for their two week intensive youth performance of Willy Wonka Jr. Applicants must work well with students aged 7 to 13. The dates for this summer camp are August 1 – 13, 2022, with performances on August 12 and 13. The camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as well as 8 hours of alternate set build time. Responsibilities include directing, casting, and designing the piece. As well as working collaboratively with a creative team, teaching theatrical workshops, leading theater games, providing guidance and support to student interns. An educational background is appreciated. The Company requires that all applicants be vaccinated for COVID-19. 

TCS is seeking a Choreographer for their two week intensive youth performance of Willy Wonka Jr. Applicants must work well with students aged 7 to 13. The dates for this summer camp are August 1 – 13, 2022, with performances on August 12 and 13. The camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as well as 8 hours of alternate set build time. Responsibilities include choreographing, working collaboratively with a creative team, teaching theatrical workshops, leading theater games, providing guidance and support to student interns. An educational background is appreciated. The Company requires that all applicants be vaccinated for COVID-19. 

TCS is seeking a Music Director for their two week intensive youth performance of Willy Wonka Jr. Applicants must work well with students aged 7 to 13. The dates for this summer camp are August 1 – 13, 2022, with performances on August 12 and 13. The camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as well as 8 hours of alternate set build time. Responsibilities include reading music, playing the piano, working collaboratively with a creative team, teaching music workshops, leading theater/music games, providing guidance and support to student interns. An educational background is appreciated. The Company requires that all applicants be vaccinated for COVID-19. 

Older Youth Program Positions

TCS is seeking an energetic youth Director for their two week intensive youth performance of The Addams Family Young@Part. Applicants must work well with students aged 13 to 18. The dates for this summer camp are July 18 – August 27, 2022, with performances on August 26 and 27. The camp schedule is tentative and heavily dependent upon the availability of the creative team, but rehearsals will take place Monday through Friday after 5:00 P.M. The position requires a total of 8 hours of alternate set build time. Responsibilities include directing, casting, and designing the piece. As well as working collaboratively with a creative team, teaching theatrical workshops, leading theater games, providing guidance and support to student interns. An educational background is appreciated. The Company requires that all applicants be vaccinated for COVID-19. 

TCS is seeking a Choreographer for their two week intensive youth performance of Addams Family Young@Part. Applicants must work well with students aged 13 to 18. The dates for this summer camp are July 18 – August 27 with performances on August 26 and 27. The camp schedule is tentative and heavily dependent upon the availability of the creative team, but rehearsals will take place Monday through Friday after 5:00 P.M. The position requires a total of 8 hours of alternate set build time. Responsibilities include choreographing, working collaboratively with a creative team, teaching theatrical workshops, leading theater games, providing guidance and support to student interns. An educational background is appreciated. The Company requires that all applicants be vaccinated for COVID-19. 

TCS is seeking a Music Director for their two week intensive youth performance of Addams Family Young@Part. Applicants must work well with students aged 13 to 18. The dates for this summer camp are July 18 – August 27 with performances on August 26th and 27th. The camp schedule is tentative and heavily dependent upon the availability of the creative team, but rehearsals will take place Monday through Friday after 5:00 P.M. The position requires a total of 8 hours of alternate set build time. Responsibilities include reading music, playing the piano, working collaboratively with a creative team, teaching music workshops, leading theater/music games, providing guidance and support to student interns. An educational background is appreciated. The Company requires that all applicants be vaccinated for COVID-19. 

Position Serving Both the Younger and Older Programs

TCS is seeking a Technical Director for their youth productions of both Willy Wonka Jr. and Addams Family Young@Part. Applicants must work well with students aged 7 to 18. The dates for this summer camp are July 18 thru August 27, 2022, with performances on August 12, 13, 26, 27, 2022. A firmer schedule is TBA, but applicants must have a flexible schedule, availability during the hours of 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., and access to a motor vehicle. Responsibilities include designing one multi-purpose set for two productions, general understanding of theatrical lighting and light board operation, working collaboratively with a creative team, teaching theatrical technical workshops, leading theater games, designing and execution of costuming and props, providing guidance and support to student interns. An educational background is appreciated. The Company requires that all applicants be vaccinated for COVID-19. 

Seeking Artistic Staff for Zombie Prom

The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) is seeking the artistic staff for its upcoming musical projects in 2022. Stipends are available.

We are seeking each of these positions:

  • Directors
  • Musical Directors
  • Choreographers

For this show:

Zombie Prom – Our annual Halloween season musical theatre production. Featuring adult and older youth actors. Auditions and rehearsals could begin August 21; usually three times per week. Performances are on two weekends, evening shows on Fridays & Saturdays, and matinees on Sundays; October 21 thru October 30, 2022.

Please write to us via email at tcsaugus@gmail.com by Friday 10 June 2022, indicating which position(s) you are interested in, with a letter of introduction indicating your interest in the show, and a theatrical resume. You should be available for an interview via zoom with the TCS board of directors on the evening of Wednesday 15 June 2022.

Seeking Artistic & Technical Staff for Spring Awakening

The Theatre Company of Saugus will present the musical Spring Awakening, in the spring of 2022. The performances are scheduled for two consecutive weekends of May 2022. Auditions are planned for February 6-9, 2022. The venue will be the American Legion in Saugus, Massachusetts.

Spring Awakening is a coming-of-age rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and the book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the 1891 German play Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind. Set in late 19th-century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of adolescent sexuality.

The theatre company is continuing its search to engage the artistic staff for the show:

  • Director
  • Musical Director
  • Choreographer
  • Stage Manager
  • Technical Director

Stipends are offered.

To apply for these positions, please send a letter of introduction and interest, with a theatrical resume, via email to tcsaugus@gmail.com, by Tuesday 18 January.

Interviews by the board of directors will be scheduled on Monday 17 January and/or Wednesday 19 January 2022.

Seeking Directors for the Short Play Festival

The Theatre Company of Saugus is seeking Directors for its short play festival: Lovely Thoughts and Other Stories. There are seven short plays, by various authors, comic and dramatic. Each director could direct one or two of the plays. Small stipends are available.

The performance dates are the first two weekends of March 2022. Auditions are December 12-13-14, 2021. Rehearsals are three evenings each week, starting in January 2022. The location is the American Legion Post 210 / 44 Taylor Street / Saugus, Massachusetts.

Prospective directors should submit a letter of introduction and a theatrical resume, by December 1, 2021, to TCSaugus@gmail.com. Interviews will be conducted during the following week, via zoom. Please indicate which of the plays you are interested in directing, and we will send you the scripts.

For more information about the short play festival, including descriptions of each of the shows and the roles in them, please see the lower portion of our Auditions page.

Annual Meeting & Holiday Party 2021

Each year the Theatre Company of Saugus holds an Annual General Membership Meeting, at which we hold the election of members of the Board of Directors. This year, as is typical, we are combining the meeting with our annual Holiday Season Party. This event will be on Sunday 5 December 2021, starting at 5:00 PM. At the American Legion Post 210 / 44 Taylor Street / Saugus, Massachusetts.

All are invited, members, friends, family, etc. This is a potluck food affair. You are welcome to bring a dish to share. There may also be entertainment. Have a reunion with cast members from past shows, or just enjoy seeing old friends in person. The bar will be open, serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Click here to sign up to bring food or help out.

In addition to the election, the brief meeting agenda will also include news updates about our upcoming projects. These include: auditions for our Short Play Festival on December 12-13-14; our holiday cabaret There’s No Business Like Snow Business, running December 17-18-19; Photos with Santa; and The Lion in Winter, presented in collaboration with The Psych Drama Company, running January 14-15-16 & 21-22-23, 2022. There will also be a discussion about the musical production to be presented in the spring.

Click here for more info about the board election.